-- by Horatio Algeranon
"Congratulations all around
We've really broken virgin ground
Applying dispersant at the source
Lessened oil's deadly force"
Or so claimed EPA officials
Who stamped their bona fide initials
Upon the BP spill reports
To counter critical retorts.
But recent study data releases
Reveal toxicity increases
By 50 times on plankton creatures
Which form the base of food web features
But let us not belabor fact
'Bout oil, Corexit, this and that
It doesn't matter what is true
If you can't see it, that'll do.
“Dispersants are preapproved to help clean up oil spills and are widely used during disasters,” said UAA’s Roberto-Rico Martinez, who led the study. “But we have a poor understanding of their toxicity. Our study indicates the increase in toxicity may have been greatly underestimated following the Macondo well explosion.”